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I know it's "only spring training," but is it time to be concerned about McLouth?

His strikeout rate is WAY up and he is hitting .033 2 weeks before the season starts. He definitely doesn't look like the guy he was in Pittsburgh. I was expecting a rebound from the dip in his numbers last year (especially after he got his vision straightened out), but I am already fearing the worst. I want to tell myself this is just a slump but the increase in strikeout rate seems to indicate that something just isn't right. I haven't combed over the fanposts enough to see if anyone had any ideas about what it is but my first thought would obviously be something mechanical (although I haven't had the privilege of watching him but a couple of at bats this spring so this is entirely speculation). Will Nate get things straight? Or are we going to be seeing a lot more of Melky in CF than we expected? I could see Bobby "giving Nate days off against tough lefties (i.e. all lefties)" if this continues. I pray that we will just be able to laugh about his spring training when he is hitting .270ish with ~25 homers this season, but right now I'm afraid.


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